This year I have decided to take on yet another challenge, this time in the form of the Chartered Teacher (CTeach) Pilot. I've just been writing my first Reflective Journal entry for my mentor to read before the January launch event and I thought this was as good a time as any to write about why I've decided to join the programme.
When I first joined the Chartered College of Teaching in January 2017 I was hoping to join a group of like minded people, wanting to engage in research and work together to change the teaching profession for the better, to be a voice outside of the unions. I even signed up to be an advocate for the College, promoting it to my colleagues, something I need to try harder at in 2018. I've enjoyed receiving the journal to read and the Languages Network event I attended a few days ago. I'm hoping that in 2018 these opportunities are going to grow and I'll really feel part of something, which at the moment is where I am unsure.
I joined the CTeach pilot for a number of reasons. Firstly because I want to help to develop what I have talked about above. I don't feel like I can complain about not feeling part of something if I haven't tried to help improve it, I hope the CTeach will help me do this. Secondly, I want to develop myself further. I enjoy reading edu-books and joining in on Twitter, but I feel at the moment I don't have much of a direction for it. I am hoping that CTeach will give me the opportunities to carry on doing this, but purposefully and with a positive outcome and changes in my practice. Thirdly, I really want to share my reading more with my colleagues and at the moment I don't feel like I have a platform for doing that. I am hoping that now I am on the CTeach Pilot I might have a stronger voice for sharing these things with colleagues and have more of a chance of them trying them out too.
I'm looking forward to getting started in the new year and seeing what opportunities it will bring for me.